Chelsea manager Frank Lampard identifies priority target to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has pinpointed Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as the man he wants to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer transfer window.

Kepa has made a number of mistakes for Chelsea this season and is quickly becoming a liability under Lampard.

The Spaniard signed for the Blues for £72million in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper back in 2018.

His first season with Chelsea didn’t go without its fair share of drama after he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final.

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Kepa did, however, make crucial penalty shootout saves in the Europa League semi-final with Eintracht Frankfurt.

But this term, he’s finding it hard to put together a decent patch of form.

And against Leicester at the beginning of the month, Kepa was dropped by Lampard in favour of Willy Caballero.

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And according to Eurosport, Lampard has decided that he wants to bring in a new keeper at the end of the season.

They say that Chelsea have been scouting Lille shot-stopper Maignan for a number of months.

Lampard has made Maignon a priority for the Chelsea hierarchy to purse in the summer.

Lampard has already spoke of Kepa’s troubles this season, most notably after Chelsea’s draw with Arsenal in January.

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“I know there’s a focus on him at the minute. I think that’s top-line football,” he said.

“With his feet a couple of times today he took too long and nearly gave it away.

“And sometimes that can change the momentum of a game.

“So that’s something obviously that he’ll know and has to look at – and we have to look at.

“And yeah, it’s normal. Any player in a position, particularly goalkeepers, people will look at you and that’s when you stand up and show the mettle that you’ve got.

“So I think he’s not the only one. We’re in fourth position, which is seen as being pretty good.

“But I know and we know that there should be another 10 points on the board at least on performance.

“So all of us need to look at this finer details.”

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